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Paul Pierce played through his shoulder injury and had 13 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes on Tuesday.

The Nets needed to win this game and may be ready to give up on Wednesday's finale. Jason Kidd said after the game he doesn't care if he's the No. 5 or 6 seed, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Pierce get the night off. He was a game-time decision tonight, but he went for it.

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Paul Pierce (shoulder), Joe Johnson and Deron Williams are all listed as game-time decisions for the Nets on Tuesday.

It's anyone's guess as to who might play for either the Nets or Knicks tonight, but guys like Marquis Teague, Marcus Thornton and Mason Plumlee are good bets for success.

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Paul Pierce only played 19 minutes vs. the Magic on Sunday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

He was productive enough to appease most owners and Jason Kidd was probably just giving his veteran some extra rest vs. an inferior opponent. Pierce's switch to power forward, and his ability to play the position defensively, has been a major catalyst for the Nets' resurgence this season.

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Paul Pierce (hip) returned to action in Friday's loss to the Hawks, scoring 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (including a three) with six rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.

Pierce also passed 25,000 points in his Hall of Fame career, and with the chance to rest looming it wouldn't be surprising if he missed any number of games to finish the year. We're not going to put him on the injury report until we hear something specific to that effect, but owners should be looking at other options.

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Paul Pierce (hip) will start against the Hawks on Friday night.

He'll join Jorge Gutierrez, Alan Anderson, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett in the first unit. Pierce had his turn to rest on Wednesday night and we would expect him to play without limitation. Considering Deron Williams (knee) is out, Pierce could have the ball in his hands a lot.

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Paul Pierce (hip) is expected to return for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Pierce and the rest of the Nets' elderly players will go through warmups before any final decision is made, but it's looking like Shaun Livingston (toe) is the only one that will sit out. It suggests that Pierce's hip is feeling near 100 percent as he wouldn't be risking anything this close to the playoffs.

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Paul Pierce (hip) won't be joining the 25,000 point club on Wednesday, as he's not expected to play for the Nets.

Shaun Livingston is also out with a big toe injury and Mirza Teletovic and Alan Anderson will start in their place tonight. And with Livingston out of the way, Marcus Thornton could also have a big night, although he's a total roll of the dice from game to game.

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Paul Pierce needed 19 points on Tuesday to get to 25,000, but he came up just short, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 5-of-8 shooting as the Nets beat the Heat by a point to complete a season sweep.

Pierce will have to wait until Wednesday night against the Magic to join the 25,000 club, which includes Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett as the only other active members. He'll get there if he can manage five points in Orlando tomorrow night.

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Paul Pierce might score his 25,000th point on Tuesday night against the Heat, while the Nets would also pull off a season sweep over Miami with a win.

If Pierce scores 19 points tonight he'll become the 18th player to score 25,000 points, joining Kevin Garnett, Dirk Nowitzki and Kobe Bryant as the only active players in the club. And if that's not enough drama against his rival LeBron James tonight, the Nets could beat the Heat for the fourth time this season, completing a surprising sweep. The Nets have the best record in the East since Jan. 1 at 32-13 and sweeping the Heat could give them a mental edge entering the postseason. It won't be an easy task on the road in Miami, but Pierce appears to be a good bet to have a good game tonight.

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Paul Pierce made just 2-of-7 from the field for eight points during a 110-81 blowout loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, adding four boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

The Nets only had 11 assists as a team tonight to go with their 16 turnovers in one of their worst games of the season. They were only able to get 26 points in the paint and two fast-break points. Pierce has played well for the most part since the break and he should bounce back against the Pistons on Friday.